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The Cardiorespiratory System

Imagine you’re on a treadmill. Naturally, your heart rate increases, your blood pressure goes up, cardiac output is increased, and your respiratory rate goes up.

An additional response that our body has under this chronic stress is that it increases LDL (bad cholesterol) and it lowers our HDL (good cholesterol.) Our body does this for two reasons: We need that cholesterol to create those stress hormones and the second reason is because we need it for wound clotting.

With the chronic stress we experience today in every day life, our bodies are doing what they can – raising our heart rate, blood pressure, and cholesterol in order to meet the demands we placed on it.

Join Dr. John and Dr. Zach as they explain the intelligence our body has to regulate itself and what we can do to help our bodies continue to function optimally.

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